Since 2006, WAGET and its predecessors have worked to motivate American and Chinese students through campfire diplomacy; organize cultural and environmental exchanges in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin; host sister-state youth experiences and performances; connect teachers, coaches and students for athletic competition; introduce new ideas and innovations to agriculture and industry; challenge governments, organizations and citizens to pursue new leadership goals, including representatives from all over the US, China, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, and Germany.
Japanese High School’s Language and Cultural Visit
July 17-25, 2019
In summer 2019, 16 students and two teachers from the Makuhari Sohgoh High School in Japan visited Wisconsin for a language-culture program. The school is in the Chiba Prefecture, the sister state of Wisconsin. The program was organized by the Wisconsin Academy of Global Education and Training (WAGET) with the base of operations being Carroll University in Waukesha. The program included daily language lessons followed by a cultural activity. Students attended Festa Italiana in Milwaukee, a Milwaukee Brewers game at Miller Park, Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, the Waukesha County Fair and a fire station in Waukesha. The workshop concluded with individual presentations on what was learned and experienced. This is the sixth year of the program.
Navigating the New Economy: The Booming Border. On June 17, 2019, WAGET sponsored a panel discussion, with questions and answers, on the booming economy along the border of Wisconsin and Illinois and the challenges it presents in terms of workforce, transportation and education. The event was at the Kenosha Civil War Museum. The event was coordinated by WisBusiness.com and promote by the Kenosha News. About 75 attended. Pictured (left to right) are panelists: Prof. Cassie Lau of Carthage College; Peter Barca, Wisconsin Secretary of Revenue; Rep. Samantha Kerkman, Republican; Heather Wessling, vice president of economic development for the Kenosha Area Business Alliance; Jeff Mayers, president of WisPolitics.com; Rep. Tod Ohnstad, Democrat. Previously, WAGET helped organize another regional event, precipitated by the Foxconn investment, that explored how South Carolina worked with a German firm, BMW, to develop that state’s economy and address challenges resulting from the development. The Navigating the New Economy series has had other events around the State of Wisconsin.
Representatives from Carthage College, the Legislature (Republican and Democrat), Gov. Evers (Revenue Secretary) and local business participated on the panel, moderated by Jeff Mayers, president of WisPolitics and WisBusiness.com, behind the sign. About 75-80 persons attended the event at the Civil War Museum. The Mayor welcomed the guests.
For the March Living Word activity, students selected a pottery painting/glass fusing at Just Kilin’ Time studio in Menomonee Falls, WI. The boys chose to paint pre-made pottery figures. The girls chose to make glass window ornaments. It took them about two hours to complete their art work. All enjoyed the activity and were very creative.